Sundays: Our meetings are informal, with lively worship, prayer, testimony and inspirational preaching from either one of our team or a visiting speaker. Children are welcomed as a valued part of our Church family. Sunday School takes place during the morning service; everyone no matter how young or old meets together for the first part of the service. During the preaching part the adults stay in the main hall and the children go out into separate classes.
Bible Study Groups: everyone is assigned to a study group. Bible Study is a key part of a Christian's walk with God and so we encourage everyone to attend as much as possible. You can raise questions, talk about specific topics, understand how relevant the Bible is to today's society and generally get a deeper knowledge of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Each group follows the same programme of study.
Prayer meetings: we hold prayer meetings twice a month and for special events. We praise God for all He does for us and pray for the community, people's needs and ministries.
Planning meetings: there are open to the whole fellowship and everyone is encouraged to come. It gives you the opportunity to input into what's going on, provide new ideas, talk about what we are planning, pray into what we believe God is saying and plan future events.
Social Events: these are adhoc but fairly regular and can take many forms! We've had Oscars night, curry nights, murder mystery, laser quest and Burn's night to name but a few. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest is welcome and members are encouraged to bring friends and family even if they don't come to the church. See Dave or Andy if you would like to know more.
Aligned with our vision we seek to serve the community by running several activities for people of all ages, to which all are welcome.
As well as the regular activities described below, we run family fun days and Christmas events.
Soul Cafe: family friendly events throughout the year that communicate the Gospel in a contemporary way, in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information chat with Wayne.
Kids Klub: is for primary school children. They play games, sing songs, do crafts and have stories, dramas and films whilst learning about God, Jesus and the Bible. For more information have a chat with Lucy or Jan.
Coffee and Cake: a monthly get together to simply meet, chat and get to know each other over a brew and homemade cakes. For more information have a chat with Margot
Christians Against Poverty: is part of a national charity, working across the UK to lift people out of debt and poverty. We offer free money management courses and advice. For more information have a chat with Ruth.
Circuits with Sabrina: a friendly circuit style excercise group for people of all sizes shapes and abilities, from minnow to muscular. For more information have a chat with Sabrina.
What time should I get there? By about 5 minutes before a meeting starts, but you're welcome earlier if you want to chat.
Where should I sit? Anywhere you feel comfortable.
What should I wear? Anything - we care about you, not what you wear.
Are you 'happy-clappy', traditional or modern? None really. We enjoy all types of worship including traditional hymns and contemporary songs. The band is made up of singers, guitarists, keyboard, drummer and a violin.
What do I do during the service? We have singing, prayers, testimony and preaching. Everyone gets involved and you are free to join in as you wish. The leader will guide you through every aspect of the service.
Can I bring my children? YES! We are a family and welcome all ages. We run a great Sunday School Pre-school children must have a responsible adult in the building at all times.
Should I take communion? If you have committed your life to Jesus and love Him we encourage you to share communion with us. If in doubt speak to one of the leaders.
Does going to church make me a Christian? No. The Bible says that only those who believe and put their faith in Jesus Christ are saved (John 3:16).
Will I be asked for money? We don't have a collection on a Sunday; our members arrange personally how they will support our work. We do pass a pot round, for spare pennies for an orphanage in Nigeria, but you are not obliged to put anything in.
How can I find out more? Come along to any of the meetings or drop us a note via the contact page and let's have a chat.
Our intentions are to follow Biblical principles whilst recognising that we have to comply with Charity Commission Regulations on legal issues.
Being a member of BCF means that the Eldership accept that you are a born-again, practicing, committed Christian who believes that God has called you to be part of this fellowship. Practically this means getting involved in our vision, strategy and activities.
People who are not practicing Christians are welcome and encouraged to join us and come to the various activities and church events, however they will not be allowed to undertake specific roles such as teaching, preaching and leading groups nor will they be allowed to vote on key church issues.
God has a plan and purpose for your life. He wants you to live life to the full and by the Holy Spirit you can do all things. So we encourage every member of the Fellowship to discover and develop their gifts. This means standing alongside people as they discover their true God-given gifts and giving them every opportunity to develop those gifts. Sometimes it can also mean discouraging people from trying to exercise gifts which are clearly not theirs. Be encouraged to pray about your gifting and to have a chat with the Elders about your ministry.